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Nov
4
2017
Nov 4, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - batman-projection-light

For the record, I’m not a huge Batman fan. I like Batman and many of the other superheroes but I’m not a huge Batman collector and my home is certainly not covered in Batman memorabilia. However, when things are cool, they’re cool and deserve a little shout out.

Case in point: a Batman projection light!

No way!

Yes, way!

A Batman projection light! Can you imagine how much fun a Batman fan would have with that?! It even comes with the little keychain clasp so you can carry it with you wherever you go for those times when you just need to get that signal out.

I found this little Batman projection light at my local bookstore and decided to pick one up for a pal of mine who fits right into that ‘big fan’ category. When he goes to the coffee shop, he’ll even identify himself as Bruce (I did not make that up). You should have seen his face when he got that little Batman projection light.

I tell you, we should all be so happy with the simpler things in life.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015

Things to do: keep your eyes open for fun finds, not just for yourself but for others as well and in case you were wondering, those fun finds don’t have to cost a dime either. All it takes it a little bit of thought and a whole lot of heart.

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

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Oct
30
2017
Oct 30, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com pic - fall cabbage

In a blink of an eye, the school year is in full swing and Halloween is right around the corner. While the summer flowers are still trying to hold on, fall colours and foliage are making their way into our daily strolls.

Halloween, for us, is a time to celebrate creativity instead of its more dark and dreary elements. In my ideal world, Halloween would resemble the Chocolate Room in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (the original with Gene Wilder, thank you).

Can you even begin to imagine how cool that would be?!?!

thingsthatwedo.com pic - halloween 2014Most years, I spend September and October with my nose feverishly stuck to fabric to craft my big kid’s Halloween costume.This year, however, is a little different. This year, our family won’t be going out for Halloween. It’s done and that ship has sailed. I am rejuvenating one of my kid’s earlier costumes for a Halloween parade but that’s about it. I do have to say though, the rejuvenated costume looks soooo good. Since I didn’t have to start from scratch, I was able to clean up my earlier finishing stitches were so awful because my fingers usually ached by the end of the project. So, it’s all good.

Do I miss those earlier days?

Yes and no.

I enjoy the idea of making the costume, of hanging with my big kid to discuss the plans, the laughs and jokes, and the actual ‘trick or treating’ is fun too. Those memories will remain and now we’ll be building different memories on Halloween that will still include laughter and fun. There will still be candy but it’ll be much quainter and cozier and that’s not necessarily a bad thing at all.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - halloween pumpkin

For those of you who are planning to go out, here are some Halloween safety tips from the Government of Canada and the FDA:

Halloween safety, Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-safety/halloween-safety.html

Halloween Safety, FDA: Costumes, Candy, and Colored Contact Lenses https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230283.htm

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Copyright© 2017 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Oct
23
2017
Oct 23, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - making own chapstick

From time to time, my big kid and I try different projects together. They don’t always work out but it sure is fun to try new things that are within our comfort zone (you’ll never see us bungee jumping). I was crawling through some of the photos I took for ThingsThatWeDo.com and realized that I never did get around to posting about our attempt to make our own lip balm.

One wintry day, we decided to make our own lip balm. After doing a bit of research, we had settled on a recipe and purchased the needed materials. We even managed to purchase some empty lip balm containers. That was super cool. - Continue Reading

Oct
2
2017
Oct 2, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - betty crockers lemon flavoured dessert bar mix

There I am standing at the grocery store pondering all the boxed stuff on the shelves and this box catches my eye: Betty Crocker’s Lemon Flavoured Dessert Bar Mix.

You see, I make lemon bars and while I’m no expert baker by any means, I’d have to say my lemon bars are pretty tasty. So, if I can make lemon bars that means they’re relatively easy to make.

Thus, my brain has to ask: what’s inside this box of Betty Crocker’s Lemon Flavoured Dessert Bar Mix? If I was in a rush, would I use this box? - Continue Reading

Sep
11
2017
Sep 11, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com pic - face in tea

Well, here’s a reoccurring theme on our site. Here at ThingsThatWeDo.com, you know we love to focus on creativity whenever opportunity strikes and today’s post is one of those posts. As you stare at the photo, can you guess why it’s been posted?

When you slow down just long enough and give yourself the freedom to think outside the box, you suddenly make interesting and unique observations that you otherwise wouldn’t have.

Case in point: this otherwise very boring cup of tea. - Continue Reading

Aug
29
2017
Aug 29, 2017

Do you try to eat healthy? Do you try to be mindful of what you eat? You’ve probably been keeping track of your sodium intake and your fat intake but have you ever considered how much sugar you consume on an average day?

I can’t say I pride myself on being the most health conscious person on the planet but my family does try to eat foods in moderation. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables mixed in with a bunch of different grains, meats, and dairy. Of course, you’ll know by these posts that we have occasional treats too.

Recently, I watched a really fascinating program about sugar called “The Secrets of Sugar” from The Fifth Estate, a Canadian investigative program. There’s research, there’s information, and a lot of hidden surprises that really made me question what certain companies are thinking about when they put their products on the market. - Continue Reading

Aug
23
2017
Aug 23, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - peppers

One of things I love about summer is seeing all the fresh fruits and vegetables; lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, peppers, zucchini, and grapes with all their vibrant colours gleaming in the sunlight.

It’s the best feeling, ever.

While I may enjoy eating my fair of ‘junk’ food, my heart belongs with those fruit and veggies. Ask my daughter and hubby and they’ll tell you I’ll snatch all the veggies if they don’t eat them fast enough.

Some days I crave a good hummus with veggies. Other times, I’ll want clementines galore. Oh, how about an amazing green salad with fruits, nuts, and seeds topped with a good helping of tomatoes, cucumbers, and maybe some quinoa? Finish it off with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and it’s just divine.

Ooh…maybe with a bit of feta cheese?

Add a drizzle of honey?

You see, the options are endless.

Actually some fresh non GMO corn on the cob is pretty amazing too. Oh…so sweet and decadent.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - non-gmo-corn

Today’s post is a giant ‘thank you’ for all the farmers out there that make a difference in all our lives. I know the work isn’t easy and it most certainly is a labour of love. It relies on grit, determination, skill, and Mother Nature’s unknown will. As the summer slowly winds down I can’t help but wish it would last a little longer so I could have more days to bask in this kind of glory.

Things to do: take care of our planet. It’s ours and it’s our job to take care of it however way we can.

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Copyright© 2017 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Aug
16
2017
Aug 16, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - nature 2015

Can you believe it? Summer is almost done and the school bell is about to ring in the very near future. While I’m quite capable of telling time, the speed at which time travels continues to boggle my wee brain. One minute I’m celebrating the start of summer and the next thing you know I’m planning for thicker pants and cooler weather.

How did that happen? - Continue Reading

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